It’s been a lot of hard work and effort from the Pitt football staff but they’re finally starting to see results from their recruiting in the talent rich state of Texas.
Recruiting in the Lone Star state started with the hire of defensive coordinator Randy Bates and has continued with Brennan Marion joining the coaching staff. The Panthers have to be encouraged that over the last two recruiting classes, they received signed/received commitments from three players: quarterback Nate Yarnell (Austin, Texas), linebacker Marquan Pope (Denton, Texas) and running back Che Nwabuko (Manor, Texas).
Pitt is hoping to have more success recruiting that state and have started to extend more offers every year. Here are the scholarship offers that have been extended by Pitt to players from Texas over the last 3 years: Class of 2022/10 athletes, Class of 2023 12, Class of 2024 8.
The latest player from Texas to receive an offer from Pitt is sophomore wide receiver Kylen Evans from Frisco Emerson High School in McKinney. Evans got the news from Pitt on Tuesday and it was a big deal to him because it was his first D-1 offer.
“I was really just shocked and really surprised when I got the news,” Evans tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “While I’m very appreciative for getting it, what it means is that I have to keep working harder and it will also no doubt motivate me so that more schools recognize me and I get more offers. My trainer here at my school sent my tape out and heard back from the coaches at Pitt and that’s how I found out that they wanted to offer me. My dad told me about the offer so the first people I told were my mom and my sister.”
“The strengths of my game right now would be my ability to run routes, my blocking and my ability to make a play after I catch the ball.”
Here are highlights from Evans first three games this season as he has 11 catches for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns.
— Kylen Evans (@ky_2_) September 13, 2021